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Porch Cafe, Galveston, TX

Porch Cafe

4.7
4.7
832 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Porch Cafe is committed to the quality of Beachtown marketing and service. To better serve you, the Porch Cafe will be undergoing renovations, and we will be closed until further notice. We appreciate your patience, and we look forward to better serving our Homeowners and Patrons

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2 people

9:30 PM


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Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–6:00 pm Brunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (409) 762-0808
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Sean Walker
  • Catering
    Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact Events@porchcafe.com
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests.We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35 to 75.
  • Private party contact
    Kristan Vanlerberghe: (409) 762-0808
  • Neighborhood
    Galveston
  • Cross street
    Seawall Blvd
  • Parking details
    Public Parking on Street
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 832 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Great for brunch

  • Houston

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Galveston

    Best Overall

  • Galveston

    Best Food

  • Galveston

    Best Service

  • Galveston

    Best Ambiance

  • Galveston

    Best Value

  • Galveston

    Great for brunch

  • Galveston

    Good for groups

  • Galveston

    Healthy

  • Galveston

    Hot spot

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Galveston

    Great for scenic views

  • Galveston

    Good for special occasions

  • Galveston

    Lively

  • Galveston

    Seafood

832 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We waited 2.5 hours and got our salads but the mains never came. After waiting so long we had to cancel our orders and leave, still hungry. They didn’t seem that busy judging from the number of open tables. When we asked to talk to a manager they said there was none on site, only the chef, and he refused to speak to us. I’m not one one to leave negative feedback, but it wasted so much of our time and leaft hungry after waiting so long.

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  2. Clayton

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous steak with grits as side. Loved the fried green tomatoes with crab. Friendly, personal and conscientious service made for a delightful New Year’s Eve!

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  3. MarkK

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    NYE at Porch Cafe was a big disappointment and a much bigger bill than we were expecting. We've been here several times for happy hour...it's excellent...highly recommend. Dinner itself was good...but the prix fixe of $125 pp, which includes champagne that neither of us wanted, was an unpleasant surprise. I'm sure this was transparent to most people who made reservations there. But we had just booked thru OpenTable when our preexisting plans fell thru. Did not know what we were signing up for at all. Also, the service (which is usually just fine) was poor (and I think the kitchen was having trouble keeping up too). We'll definitely be back...but not for NYE. Again, definitely recommend for happy hour!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy Porch Cafe. The food is great and the staff are lovely. I had the shrimp and grits - yum! Be back soon.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely weekend brunch at the porch. The shrimp and grits are so good!! Our server was Sydney, and she was fantastic! Very attentive and polite!

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  6. CClh

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cant wait to eat there again, this is my new favorite restaurant. The Chief is phenomenal my steak was cooked to perfection....the place is clean and my family was happy!

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  7. KaleyC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food!! Great place to eat, nice environment

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  8. Unicorn7

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    loud table of karens next to us. mosquitoes and screens were open

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  9. Karen

    Tahoe

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely brunch-great menu-food was very good especially the shrimp and grits!

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  10. Catrinat

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had a fabulous brunch here on Sunday! Our party had the special which was loaded baked potato soup and a half caprese sandwich, the gumbo, french toast and eggs benedict. Food was full of flavor, served perfectly and timely! We will be back, Thank you!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shrimp & grits, the best ever. Bar drinks & wine list exceptional & fair priced. Bartender is the best. Our server was a student at Galveston A&M and was delightful. The special that night was red snapper with 2 grilled shrimp. Very big serving and excellent taste.

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  12. CClh

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place to eat....the food was spectacular!

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  13. Toast

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Porch Cafe. Great location in beautiful Beachtown. Chef Sean always makes us feel special and owner Mr Sharzi and I’ll always stop by to say hello. Very nice Happy Hour Thursday and Friday, Grapefruit Martini my favorite, Charred Orange Old Fashion for my husband.

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  14. ElizabethL

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a gorgeous dinner. Always get the grits- they are the best!!! Fried pickles are always perfect! Love love the chicken and waffles!

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  15. giggles

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Fun times with family

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  16. westside12

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was great. We had the scallop special and the sea bass. Both were very good. The Porch Cafe has been very variable over the years, but the last twice we’ve been it has been excellent so we will be back soon.

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  17. DennisF

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend and I went for Sunday brunch. We sat outdoors on the screened porch. Our waitress, Day, was attentive and helpful. The Eggs Benedict with crab cakes were delicious. The Bloody Mary was fresh and spicy. We’ll be back.

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  18. MDA4

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places to go to when we visit Galveston. Great atmosphere, food, and friendly staff.

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  19. ChrisH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Porch Cafe !! Friendly staff, great food, beautiful setting. Best brunch on the island.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite place on the island hidden on the east side in Beachtown food is fantastic and chef and management and weight staff super friendly

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  21. NicoleR

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely an excellent experience. The locale. The ambiance. The food. The service. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant solo, with friends, on a date or with colleagues. I had a wonderful experience as a solo guest, and had the joy of not only a great meal (fried green tomatoes, snapper, mousse, and Albariño) but in meeting the team, who were easily the best part of this evening. I would come back for dinner, drinks or dessert any time. My thanks to the team!

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  22. Fernando

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was good. The restaurant is very nice, however, there is a lot of flies all over the place. That made our meal unpleasant.

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  23. Budman

    East Texas

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great chef! Chef Sean, one of our island favorites!!! New Manager is getting to know the clientele ! Will see how that goes among the loyal locals. . The owner recently increased prices and decreased portion size. Doing both at the same time may cause some challenges in keeping customers. Most of the loyal locals understand the economics and the need to support local business , however Galveston has many choices . Will give them a chance to see how things progress!

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  24. SamC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful experience having a Saturday brunch here. Everything was very delicious and we felt as welcomed guests. We most certainly will be back many times!

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  25. Jadi

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant place for brunch. Food was delicious, service was friendly and efficient. Thanks!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for another exceptional experience and making our Birthday lunch very special.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was perfection! Lamb, filet, red fish, berry salad, and GUMBO! Highly recommend!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Porch and the people there. Chef is fabulous.

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  29. DianaM

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    So disappointed. We have enjoyed regular happy hours with our group from Palisade for many months. Last night, we found the happy hour food servings half the size with one item having the price almost double. New manager was there and never once greeted our very large group. Won't be returning, and that includes brunch visits.

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  30. Rick

    Dallas

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best shrimp and grits and Fried Green Tomatoes on the island, and perhaps anywhere. Also tasty cocktails and terrific savings during happy hour. Highly recommend.

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  31. JOHN

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for happy hour for our first time and it was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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  32. SabrinaW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to this cafe with my boyfriend for our one year anniversary, and we had such a great time. Our waiter and the whole staff was so kind, the food was amazing, and the restaurant itself is beautiful. Will definitely be coming back soon

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  33. local

    Houston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    First, beautiful location. If you have any accessibility concerns, the parking is limited, which can involve a decent walk & the stairs are plentiful. If there's an elevator, I didn't see it or any signage for it. The hostess was delightful, & they had a very large "happy hour" group in the main (& very small) inside dining area near the bar. Our group of 3 was seated in a back room that had yet to be set up for any diners (although we had a reservation for dining). There were only 6 four-top tables in this room & a couple plus a group of 3 were seated soon after we were. There was one server which should have been sufficient, however, she later stated it was her first day (after not being able to answer any menu questions and after waiting for dressing for the salads which took a good 10 min to arrive). The happy hour cocktails specials sounded nice & were priced well but weren't particularly good. The drinks and food took a long time & there was overall chaos in the small space regarding who was to get what food plate when random kitchen workers came out attempting to deliver. One salad came out with ingredients that didn't belong. Some tables didn't have utensils or napkins and one diner had to walk around looking for a salt shaker. Our tabs were incorrect, and they also appeared to be out of many menu items - including one that would have made the "special" (apparently out of shrimp). They also were "out of" the menu-listed soup of the day. The new hire should have been shadowed by someone to get her through her at least her first day for certain. It wasn't her fault and she seemed frustrated as well. With little days of the week open (Thurs-Sun only), perhaps they should lessen their menu choices to ensure they have what they advertise. Additionally, the lack of preparation of diners and inadequate service left us and others waiting for either food or finally with food yet without drinks. Overall, this experience was just a mess.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a fantastic meal at the Porch Cafe. The food is very good and always enjoy the peaceful but cozy ambiance.

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  35. OldBlue

    Houston

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Family dinner, walked over from Galvestonian. Found out there is an elevator from ground level to the restaurant , glad to know give a couple of fights of stairs otherwise. Menu and wine/beverage list offered a wide range of choices. Our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable . Food was great. Great choice!!

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  36. VickiB

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I think try were short staffed the night we went. Service very slow but very friendly.Food was fabulous but pricey. Cocktails disappointing. We will definitely go again😊

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  37. luv2bpampered

    Houston

    129 reviews

    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & Service, the crab cakes are amazing as well as the burgers❣️❣️

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  38. isee2

    Houston

    117 reviews

    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Once again Porch happy hour proves an excellent experience. The generous portions of delicious dishes is a favorite. Lamb lollipops, sweet chili shrimp, and fried green tomatoes are among our favorites along with well made cocktails. We are grateful to have this gem on the east end of the island.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Totally dysfunctional restaurant! My wife and I arrived with a reservation for two. We were not greeted but got someone’s attention and they told us to seat ourselves on the porch. 20 minutes later we still did not even have menus. I went inside to ask if someone could help and was told someone would be right out. After another 10 minutes someone finally brought us menus and told us they’d be back with waters. After several more minutes we still didn’t have waters and started making calls to other restaurants. We left. First time I have ever had to do this. Will not go back!

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  40. F00dieintraining

    Denver

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Porch cafe is one of our favorites for Date night. Amazing food, fantastic service and fun cocktails

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Porch Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-0808.

Porch Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 832 OpenTable diners.

Porch Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Porch Cafe

1625 East Beach Drive, Galveston, TX 77550

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Seawall Blvd
  • Neighborhood
    Galveston
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–6:00 pm Brunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Parking on Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Sean Walker
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (409) 762-0808
  • Catering
    Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact Events@porchcafe.com
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests.We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35 to 75.
  • Private party contact
    Kristan Vanlerberghe: (409) 762-0808
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